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Are there chemicals from the treated lumber used to frame the house that may be dangerous? I have a great microclimate near my slab on the south side of my house for growing winter veggies, but didn't know if that was safe or not.<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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What is a "slab"? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Like a concrete patio? That would be a great microclimate, and nothing to worry about.<br><br>
Any lumber used to frame your house shouldn't be in contact with the soil (it sits on a foundation), and it's covered with some kind of siding, so rain won't be washing anything off of it. What's your siding made of?<br><br>
How old is your house?<br><br>
If your house is old, though, you want to worry about lead paint that has chipped off into the soil over the years. In that case, it's okay to eat the fruit, but I would avoid eating any leafy greens, etc.
 

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Slab = concrete foundation. Maybe that's a local term for it.<br><br>
We have a 7yr old bricked house. So there shouldn't be any contact with the soil by the studs that were used to frame the house.
 

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Slightly OT but my DH won't let us eat the cilantro I planted near our blacktop driveway (planted within 2 inches). Is this valid too?
 

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A local community garden is basically set up partially on an old blacktop parking lot, some of it's been broken up. Hmmmmm.... makes you wonder?<br>
I have bought lead tests at Lowe's in the past. Does the cooperative extension test for poisins and lead?<br><br>
I know I'd be crying if I had to look at cilantro and not cook with it.
 

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We make sure our veggies are grown aways from the house. I understand that after a house is built the contractors often fill in around the house with soil fill that is not clean -- could have lots of toxic metals and chemicals in it -- some states allow fill to be taken from sites you wouldn't want to know about.<br><br>
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